January 2012 - Celebrity Bug

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1/31/12

ASHANTI SHOOTS 'THE WOMAN YOU LOVE' VIDEO

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The Woman You Love (Video Shoot), Ashanti

Over the weekend, Ashanti was spotted shooting the video for her single "The Woman You Love", with Playgirl stunner Marcus Patrick as her leading man.

Speaking of her lead single, the singer has released an alternative solo version without Busta Rhymes for Adult Contemporary stations, who don't normally play music featuring hip-hop. Listen to the solo version, featuring new vocals, below:

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1/30/12

2012 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS: WINNERS

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18th Annual SAG Awards - January 29, 2012

'The Help' controlled the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer garnishing huge wins for Outstanding Lead Actress and Supporting Actress, and the film collecting Outstanding Performance By A Cast.

Jean Dujardin bested Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Demian Bichir to win Outstanding Lead Actor for his leading role in 'The Artist'.

Take a look at the complete list of winners from the 18th annual ceremony below:
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1/29/12

2012 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS: ARRIVALS

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18th Annual SAG Awards - January 29, 2012, Viola Davis

Lead Actress nominee Viola Davis was a vision in white and gold as she arrived at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jan. 29).

Peep more of the star-studded carpet arrivals from the 18th annual show below:
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA LAYS ETTA JAMES TO REST

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Etta James' Homegoing Celebration - January 28, 2012, Christina Aguilera

On Saturday (Jan. 28), blues singer Etta James was laid to rest in in Gardena, California, and at the family's request, Christina Aguilera attended the home- going celebration and honored the singer with a stirring rendition of "At Last".

Clad in all black, Aguilera called James, the "one that cut right through my soul", and this performance reaffirmed that the "Beautiful" star is in a league of her own when she makes a concerted effort to control her vocals. Watch her below:
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1/27/12

CARRIE UNDERWOOD PLAYS THE 'GOOD GIRL' ON FIRST SINGLE | READIES ALBUM FOR THE SPRING

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Good Girl (Single Cover), Carrie Underwood

Country vocalist Carrie Underwood has officially revealed that her lead single "Good Girl", is set to impact country radio and digital outlets on February 23rd.

Underwood co-wrote the single with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, who co-wrote two of her No. 1 singles including the fan favorite "All-American Girl".

The single cover (above) is the definition of stunning and this definitely surfaces as exciting news. Watch Underwood officially announce the release after the cut:
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KELLY ROWLAND - 'KEEP IT BETWEEN US' [VIDEO]

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Keep It Between Us (Still), Kelly Rowland

R&B songstress Kelly Rowland has unveiled her video for "Keep It Between Us", which was filmed in Paris and hails from her third studio album 'Here I Am'.

The sexy visual features handsome actor Lance Gross as her leading man and although the single won't make much of an impact, the video is a definite winner.

Everything from the cinematography to the amazing chemistry between Rowland and her hunk of dark chocolate co-star, just re-affirms that Kelly doesn't have to go over the top (see: "Motivation"), to generate a sexy visual. Watch it below:
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NEW MUSIC: CHRIS BROWN - 'TURN UP THE MUSIC'

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Turn Up the Music (Single Cover), Chris Brown

R&B singer Chris Brown rolls onto the dance floor with "Turn Up the Music", the energetic second single from his upcoming album 'Fortune' (due in March).

Filled with with auto-tune and synth-heavy production, the song is as generic as they come, but that doesn't detour the new single from walking winning grounds.

It effortlessly blends the current electro-pop wave, while simultaneously infusing his usual urban edge, which radio will undoubtedly eat up like fast food. H-I-T!!!

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NEW MUSIC: JOHN LEGEND & LUDACRIS - 'TONIGHT'

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Tonight (Single Cover), John Legend

9x-Grammy winner John Legend returns to the airwaves with "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)", featuring Ludacris, taken from the movie 'Think Like a Man'.

The single, which will also serve as the lead single from his fourth studio album, was produced by Phatboi and marks a solid outing from the star. It is laid-back, calming and as usual, Ludacris turns in a show-stopping verse. This could work!

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BRAD PITT COVERS 'THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER'

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The Hollywood Reporter - February 2012, Brad Pitt

On Tuesday (Jan. 24), Brad Pitt scored the fourth Academy Award nomination of his career and now, the stud reflects on the low points of his career, including heavy drug use and depression, in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

I got a chance to read the article in full and we learn quite a bit about the doting father of six and his life with Angelina Jolie. Read some of the highlights below:
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2012 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC: NOMINATIONS

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2012 Academy of Country Music Award

Earlier today (January 26), the nominations for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards were finally revealed and Kenny Chesney led the pack with 9 nominations including Entertainer of the Year, followed by Jason Aldean with 6.

Aside from both Kenny and Jason, other Entertainer nominees included Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, while Swift will duke it out with Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and two-time reigning champion Miranda Lambert for Female Vocalist (an award that only Swift has never won).

Take a look at the complete list of contenders for the annual event after the cut:
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1/26/12

ALBUM COVER: ADAM LAMBERT - 'TRESPASSING'

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Trespassing (Album Cover), Adam Lambert

'Idol' alum Adam Lambert has unveiled the artwork for his sophomore project 'Trespassing', which is slated to hit retailers and digital outlets on March 20th.

The cover is a major improvement over the catastrophic art-work for his debut album, but unfortunately, I was left unimpressive and unamused by the album's lead single "Better Than I Know Myself", which has failed to land a Hot 100 slot.
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ASHANTI RELEASES NEW ALBUM SNIPPETS

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Ashanti Promo (2012), Ashanti

Stunning songstress Ashanti has released another promotional photo from her forthcoming fifth studio album, which will be released in late spring/early summer.

On Monday (Jan. 23), the songbird held a Ustream session, where she revealed the video for her single "The Woman You Love" will filmed in Los Angeles and released in about two weeks with television promotion to follow after its release.

In addition, the singer also previewed short snippets of new songs "She Can't", "Get Lost Together" and "Blow", which can be previewed briefly after the cut:
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE POSES FOR 'PLAY SPORT'

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Play Sport (Ad), Justin Timberlake

Singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake strikes a pose in the first advertisement for Givenchy's new men's fragrance, Play Sport!, available worldwide in March.

The advertisement looks great, but fans (like myself) are hoping the 30-year-old superstar will put features films on the back-burner and finally a new solo album.
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1/24/12

2012 ACADEMY AWARDS: NOMINATIONS & SNUBS

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2012 Academy Awards

The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards are in. 'Hugo' led the bunch with an astounding 11 nominations, followed by 'The Artist' with 10 and 'Moneyball' and 'War Horse' with 6 a piece including Best Picture nominations.

As expected, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep and Viola Davis all landed nominations for their lead roles, but the list also included surprises Gary Oldman, Rooney Mara and scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy.

Some of the huge snubs included Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton and Mary J. Blige, who was considered a lock for Original Song.

Take a look at the complete list of contenders for the annual event after the cut:
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KIM KARDASHIAN DEFENDS HER 72-DAY MARRIAGE

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LIVE! with Kelly - January 23, 2012, Kim Kardashian

Although her marriage to Kris Humphries was short-lived (lasting just 72 days), Kim Kardashian defended their marriage as she co-hosted 'Live With Kelly'.

Personally, I never bought into the publicity stunt rumors, but I definitely do not believe Kimmy when she says they she didn't make any money off their nuptials.

See what the reality television superstar had to say about marriage after the cut:
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1/23/12

HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL CONFIRM THEIR SPLIT

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Heidi & Seal, Heidi Klum, Seal

After nearly seven years of marriage, supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal have decided to end their passionate union, the two stars confirm to People.

Despite many reports of their split surfacing last week, this is still shocking news, because between their annual vow renewals and constant expressions of love, I truly believed they were in it for the long haul. Read their official statement below:
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1/22/12

STEVEN TYLER SCREAMS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

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AFC Championship Game - January 22, 2012, Steven Tyler

Earlier today (Jan. 22), Steven Tyler kicked off the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Ravens with a performance of the National Anthem.

The 'American Idol' judge, who is known for forgetting lyrics, got them all right here, but sadly, those vocals/screams were all wrong. Watch his rendition below:
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BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE SHINE AT 2012 PGA'S

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Producers Guild of America Awards - January 21, 2012, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

Looking picture perfect, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were snapped attending the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards in California on Saturday (Jan. 21).

The 'Moneyball' stud was nominated for Producer of the Year and his lady love was by his side to accept The Stanley Kramer Award for her directorial debut 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', which has garnished mixed reviews from critics.

Producers Guild of America Awards - January 21, 2012, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Producers Guild of America Awards - January 21, 2012, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Producers Guild of America Awards - January 21, 2012, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie
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NICKI MINAJ PREMIERES 'STUPID HOE' VIDEO

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Stupid Hoe (Video), Nicki Minaj

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj has premiered her video for "Stupid Hoe", one of the singles from her sophomore set 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded', due April 3rd.

Both the video and the single, which takes shots at Lil' Kim, are a complete and utter mess. Watch the train-wreck, which was directed by Hype Williams, below:
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ASHANTI PERFORMS 'THE WOMAN YOU LOVE'

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Ashanti (2011), Ashanti

R&B songstress Ashanti took the stage at Tom Joyner's Sky Show in Atlanta on Friday, January 20th, to perform her brand new single "The Woman You Love".

The performance was a solid vocal showing from the "Baby" star, but hopefully in the future, she opts to use a live band and ditch the recording. Watch it below:
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND STEVEN TYLER PLOT TV REUNION WITH UPCOMING 'CROSSROADS' SPECIAL

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Carrie Underwood, Carrie Underwood

After their showing-stopping duet at the 2011 ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler are teaming up again for a 'CMT Crossroads' special, which will air live from Indianapolis on February 4th (the night before Super Bowl XLVI).

Exciting news from the country vocalist, who will reportedly released a new single entitled "Good Girl" from her forthcoming fourth album by the end of the month.
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1/21/12

TAYLOR SWIFT LANDS HISTORIC 'VOGUE' COVER

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Vogue - February 2012, Taylor Swift

Continuing to make history, Taylor Swift is featured on the February 2012 issue of Vogue, making the 22-year-old the first country singer to grace the magazine.

In the new issue, the 4x-Grammy winner (laughs) chats about the lessons she's learned, enjoying her life as a single woman and avoiding of messy relationships.

I absolutely love this Carly Simon-inspired cover and accompanying photoshoot, in fact, these are probably the best photos that Swift has ever taken. LOVE IT!!!

Vogue - February 2012, Taylor Swift Vogue - February 2012, Taylor Swift Vogue - February 2012, Taylor Swift
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LAUREN ALAINA - 'GEORGIE PEACHES' [VIDEO]

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Lauren Alaina, Lauren Alaina

Country star Lauren Alaina has premiered the video for "Georgia Peaches", the second single lifted from her album 'Wildflower', released back in October.

The video is simple, but still does a great job of presenting the fun, playful and sassy vibe of the song and its pretty star. Watch the newly-released clip below:
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HALLE BERRY TO SAIL A 'DARK TIDE' IN MARCH

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Dark Tide (2012), Halle Berry, Oliver Martinez

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill have announced plans to release 'Dark Tide', starring Halle Berry and current boyfriend Oliver Martinez, to theaters on March 30th.

The theatrical run will be preceded by a three-week Ultra VOD window on March 8th, culminating in a packaged media (DVD/Bluray) and digital download release.

While this great news for fans of the actress, Berry hasn't had a great role since 'Things We Lost in the Fire' in 2007 and this doesn't look much better. [Trailer]
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REST IN PEACE: ETTA JAMES PASSES AWAY AT 73, BEYONCE RESPONDS WITH A TOUCHING TRIBUTE

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Etta James & Beyonce, Etta James, Beyonce

Yesterday (Jan. 20), after a lengthy struggle with leukemia, legendary diva Etta James died at the age of 73, her manager Lupe De Leo revealed to CNN News.

The Grammy-winner endured numerous set-backs throughout her long career including a two-decade long drug problem, which she finally overcame during a 1988 stay in the Betty Ford Clinic, but her voice still remained a vigorous force.

Peep one of James' final performances and read the touching tribute message from Beyonce, who portrayed her in the 2008 film 'Cadillac Records', below:
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1/17/12

BEYONCE GUSHES OVER HER BABY GIRL, BLUE IVY

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Beyonce, Beyonce

In her first interview since giving birth to her first child - a daughter named Blue Ivy, superstar Beyonce opens up about motherhood and her supportive hubby.

While it does seem unlikely and bit doubtful that the 16x-Grammy winner would grant her first interview to a magazine like Star, who is known more for their wild tabloid stories than providing facts, read what the singer supposedly said below:
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1/15/12

2012 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS: LIST OF WINNERS

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Golden Globe Awards - January 15, 2012

George Clooney won the leading man battle for Best Actor at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards by beating out actors Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling, while Meryl Streep topped Viola Davis in the Best Actress category.

Take a look at the complete list of winners from the 69th annual ceremony below:
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2012 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS: ARRIVALS

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Golden Globe Awards - January 15, 2012, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

Power couple Brad Pitt, who scored a nomination for his film 'Moneyball', and Angelina Jolie, were the epitome of Hollywood glamour as they walked the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jan.15).

Peep more of the star-studded carpet arrivals from the 69th annual show below:
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BRAD PITT IS HOTTER THAN EVER FOR 'W'

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W magazine - February 2012, Brad Pitt

The headline reads "Hotter Than Ever", and Brad Pitt certainly lives up to his billing on the February 2012 issue of W, which was also shot by Mario Sorrenti.

In the magazine, the Golden Globe-nominee discusses the movie that made him cry ('Life As A House'), dying on-screen and his first audition ('The Accused').

The 48-year-old heartthrob truly gives new meaning to "getting better with age".

W magazine - February 2012, Brad PittW magazine - February 2012, Brad Pitt
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CHARLIZE THERON BEAUTIFIES 'W' MAGAZINE

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W magazine - February 2012, Charlize Theron

Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron mesmerizes on the February 2012 issue of W, in a stunning spread shot by famed photographer Mario Sorrenti.

Beautiful! The 36-year-old actress delivered a fearless performance in 'Young Adult', which landed her a Best Actress nomination at tonight's Golden Globes.

W magazine - February 2012, Charlize TheronW magazine - February 2012, Charlize Theron
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CHANNING TATUM COVERS 'DETAILS' MAGAZINE

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Details - February 2012, Channing Tatum

With his new film 'Haywire' getting set to hit theaters, Channing Tatum covers the February 2012 issue of Details, where he dishes on his character choices.

"You gotta do the Dear Johns. You gotta do The Vow. I’m conscious about why I did those [film roles], those movies. I wanted to learn from Rachel on The Vow. I wanted to learn from Lasse Hallström on Dear John. I didn’t go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, film-making, and character comes from just being on set. I know I am not the best actor, but I hope my characters are getting better."

Interesting perspective. The new issue is set to hit newsstands on January 17th.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA SHINES FOR 'MARIE CLAIRE'

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Marie Claire - February 2012, Christina Aguilera

31-year-old songbird Christina Aguilera fronts the new issue of Marie Claire, where she defends her body: "I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body."

Flawless cover! 'The Voice' judge, who is gearing up to release a new single in February, has had a lot of mishaps in the past year, but here she looks amazing.
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TARAJI P.HENSON COVERS 'UPSCALE' MAGAZINE

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Upscale - February 2012, Taraji P. Henson

Actress Taraji P. Henson poses for the February 2012 issue of Upscale, where she dishes on putting motherhood before her career, playing a bad girl acting in her movie 'Think Like A Man', and the challenges she faces as a Black actress.

Although I continue to question her abilities as an actress (forced and unnatural are two words that come to mind), Henson has to be given credit for consistently landing work in film, which is becoming increasingly difficult for African Americans.
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NELLY PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE CHAMP'

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The Champ (Still), Nelly

Hip-hop superstar Nelly lives out his dreams in the new video for "The Champ", a his triumphant tune that the diehard sports fan created for ESPN’s Bowl Week.

While his career has suffered some setbacks, mainly because of the material he has released, this song is one of his better selections. Watch the new clip below:
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1/14/12

FEBRUARY COVER GUYS: JUSTIN BIEBER, MICHAEL FASSBENDER, BLAKE SHELTON AND RICKY MARTIN

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V magazine - Spring 2012, Justin BieberInterview - January 2012, Michael Fassbender

Talk about Hunks of the Months. Justin Bieber, Michael Fassbender, Blake Shelton and Ricky Martin are spotlighted on the latest issues of V, Interview, Redbook and Latina (respectively), where the guys promote their new projects.

Bieber discusses proving naysayers wrong with his new studio album 'Believe', Fassbender talks going deep and fully nude in his film 'Shame', Shelton opens up about his new marriage and Ricky Martin chats about returning to Broadway.

One Word... Hot! All of the February issues will hit newsstands later this month.

Redbook - February 2012, Blake SheltonLatina - February 2012, Ricky Martin
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1/13/12

2012 CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS: WINNERS

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Critics Choice Movie Awards - January 12, 2012, George Clooney, Viola Davis

Starting to cement their front-runner status, George Clooney and Viola Davis were selected as Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, at the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Clooney was awarded for his performance in 'The Descendants', besting Brad Pitt's soul-searching performance in 'Moneyball', while Davis surprisingly beat screen legend Meryl Streep with her role in 'The Help'. List of winners below:
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ROBERT PATTINSON CUTS OFF HIS FAMOUS LOCKS, WINS 2012 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

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38th People's Choice Awards, Robert Pattinson

Sporting a new haircut, Robert Pattinson was on hand at the 2012 People's Choice Awards to accept the Favorite Movie Drama for 'Water for Elephants'.

I think the new cut makes the handsome actor look more mature and less like a teenager, but let's be honest here people, with or without hair, he is still dreamy.

Watch his acceptance speech and peep more photos of Rob at the event below:
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